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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Jhajjar villagers elated over Nagal’s US Open victory

vinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Jhajjar, September 2

Tennis star Sumit Nagal, a native of Jaitpur village here, has made the state and the country proud again by becoming the first Indian to win the first round of a Grand Slam in 7 years (since 2013).

Sumit defeated American Bradley Kiahn to enter the second round of the US Open.

Residents of his native village are elated over his feat and are congratulating Sumit’s family members. “The match was played at midnight, but I got this wonderful news early in the morning through a WhatsApp message. The news had gone viral on social media till noon hence, many villagers and colleagues extended their heartfelt congratulations to me for Sumit’s achievement,” said Narendra Nagal, cousin of Sumit, who works with Haryana Roadways.

Narendra said they felt proud every time Sumit created history by making new records. “Sumit is so talented that he will create many more records in coming days.”

His uncle Sunder Lal said Sumit’s father Suresh Nagal and his mother came to the village last month and stayed for a day. “We talked a lot about Sumit’s career and his practice for the upcoming tournaments. My younger brother was quite sure about the marvelous performance of Sumit as he was toiling hard for the same,” Sunder Lal said, adding that Sumit visited the village nine months ago.

Mahabir of Jaitpur village said Sumit had become a role model for youngsters here. “Youths await Sumit’s visit to the village to get tips from him. With his persistent good performances, Sumit has proved that the youth of small villages are not behind in any manner and in any field from those belonging to big cities.”

In 2015, Sumit won the Wimbledon boys’ double event and became the sixth Indian to win a junior Grand Slam title.

from The Tribune

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